Michelle Obama used the naming of a giant panda cub to celebrate ties with China.
House and Senate trade leaders urged the Obama administration on Thursday to complete a couple of agreements next month at the World Trade Organization's meeting in Bali, which they argue will boost the U.S. economy.
The Obama administration finds itself on the defensive during the fifth round of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue.
Hong Kong claimed they allowed the NSA leaker to go because his middle name was wrong on extradition documents.
Lawmakers should investigate China's cyber espionage of U.S. military, government and commercial targets, a congressional advisory panel urges in a new report released Wednesday.
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission made 32 recommendations to Congress, including reviewing legal penalties for companies found to engage in or benefit from industrial espionage. It also urged lawmakers to reexamine foreign direct investment from China to the United States and to consider requiring a mandatory review of controlling investments by government-controlled firms and adding an economic benefit test for Chinese investments.
“We have recommended that relevant Congressional committees further review Chinese cyber espionage practices and report their findings in an unclassified format,” committee Chairman Dennis Shea said in his opening remarks at a congressional hearing on the report. “In addition, we have recommended that Congress review acquisition and procurement guidelines to ensure that the U.S. department of Defense has the necessary tools to mitigate cyber-related supply chain threats.”
President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were too busy attacking each other during their first presidential debate to take many potshots at China, one of the favorite targets for both parties.
Romney opened the debate, held in Denver, by saying he would boost the U.S. economy by increasing trade with Latin America and vowing to “crack down on China when they cheat.” Later, when discussing how he would bring down the deficit, he mentioned China when discussing which government programs are worth preserving.
“What things will I cut from spending?” he told moderator Jim Lehrer in one of the most memorable exchanges of the debate. “Well, first of all, I will eliminate all programs by this test, if they don't pass it: Is the program so critical that it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And if not, I'll get rid of it.
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Congress and the State Department both mark the end of the 7th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue with their own take on China's record and how it affects bilateral relations.
Michael Posner, the assistant secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, will give a read-out of his two-day meeting with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for International Organizations and Conferences Chen Xu, whose delegation visited the Supreme Court and nongovernmental and media organizations. “Rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, labor rights and other human-rights issues of concern were discussed during the two-day event,” says the State Department.
For its part, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hear from experts on Tibet, Falun Gong and the Muslim Uyhgurs of western China at a hearing titled “Investigating the Chinese Threat, Part Two: Human Rights Abuses, Torture and Disappearances.”
Iranian threat: The Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Near East hears from a panel of think-tank experts about “Iran's support for terrorism in the Middle East.” Former Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffry is also slated to testify.
African trade: In the afternoon, the full Senate committee holds a hearing on Sen. Dick Durbin's (D-Ill.) Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act, which would require the president to designate a Special Africa Export Strategy coordinator to boost trade and investment in Africa. The Commerce Department's undersecretary of international trade is slated to testify about the bill, along with the chairman and CEO of the Export-Import Bank.
The Chinese government on Monday blasted the Obama administration for commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
“The U.S. side has been ignoring the facts and issuing such statements year after year, making baseless accusations against the Chinese government and arbitrarily interfering with China's internal affairs,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Liu Weimin said at a daily briefing, according to CNN. “The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to such acts.”
The spat comes at a time of heightened tension between the United States and China on the eve of a once-in-a-decade power transition this fall that's been unusually rocky this year. A top contender for one of the nine spots on China's Politburo Standing Committee, leftist governor Bo Xilai, was purged from the party over allegations of corruption, while then-Beijing Mayor Chen Xitong in a new book says the June 4, 1989, crackdown should have been prevented.
Chen Guangcheng, the blind human rights activist whose case became a diplomatic crisis for the administration, has left China.
The United States is woefully unprepared to counter a “catastrophic cyber-attack” that's expected within 12 to 24 months, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Thursday.
The House has been doing its part, Rogers said, easily passing his cybersecurity bill last month while his own committee on Thursday adopted its spending bill for fiscal 2013 by a unanimous 19-0 vote. But the White House, citing privacy concerns, has issued a veto threat against the legislation that would allow the government to inform private companies about impending cyber-attacks.
“We are today involved in a cyber war,” Rogers said in remarks at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace event marking the launch of The Hill's Global Affairs blog. “Our challenge is … can we prepare ourselves quickly enough?”